Community Outreach – “ERCSD Funeral” The Destruction of Education in New York…

FROM RAMAPO WHAT THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW:

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Community Outreach Center’s Hersh Horowitz Presides Over “ESCSD Funeral”

*Vote NO on the bond*

New York State Education Department Commissioner Mary-Ellen Elia toured East Ramapo today, campaigning for a $58 million capital improvements bond that worries longtime advocates for the public schools. Thanks to the New York State Senate’s failure to enact legislation appointing a veto-empowered monitor in the district, the scandal-ridden East Ramapo Board of Education can continue its wholesale dismembering of the district.

In reviewing where East Ramapo is now, and where it’s likely to be going, we must see the forest for the trees. While the bond would provide short-term assistance in the form of crucial building improvements, public school advocates worry that is just a stepping stone to a long-term plan of selling district buildings to yeshivas.

As it stands now, the outlook for East Ramapo is woefully dim. The class-action civil rights lawsuit filed against board members in 2012 has been voluntarily withdrawn with prejudice; the board members who were alleged to have facilitated unconstitutional policies and illegal sales of schools will not be held accountable for those alleged actions. The “monitor” on the ground now has no veto power – and his contract is due to expire before implementations of bond proposals, should the bond pass, even commence. The stage is set for the taxpayers to fund, via capital improvements, the eventual sale of more school buildings, a cruel irony that only this Board of Education could serve up.

Meanwhile, thousands of students in Hasidic yeshivas are systemically denied a sound basic education. The New York State Education Department, ultimately subordinate to Governor Cuomo, has turned a blind eye to the educational neglect that runs rampant in Ramapo. What’s worse is these schools are nonetheless receiving tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds – on the local, state and Federal level. As we covered last week, third- and fourth-generation Americans in the Hasidic community are functionally illiterate in English. This despite tens of millions of dollars in Title funding purported to be used for the sole purpose of teaching English!

All of this Title funding flows through and is disbursed by the Community Outreach Center, run by Rabbi Hersh Horowitz.

If any picture says a thousand words, it’s the one below. We see Commissioner Elia, “pitching” the no-strings-attached $58 million bond to a room full of local yeshiva leaders. And at the speaker’s podium, as if eulogizing the public schools and giving a victory speech for yeshivas, is none other than Rabbi Hersh Horowitz.

Our series of articles on the Community Outreach Center and Rabbi Horowitz may be viewed here:

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East Ramapo and Elia- Public Meeting to Determine Fate of $3M

A School District Whose Children Have Been Raped of an Education and $3M in State Aid

It does not matter in East Ramapo whether you are Orthodox, ultra-Orthodox, secular, Hispanic, Black, White, or Green because all of East Ramapo’s children have been deprived of an education.

In the public schools in East Ramapo despite the best efforts of teachers, parents and activists the resources have been scarce and the schools in disrepair, leaving the public school children to study without proper textbooks,  in classrooms known to leak during rainstorms. The schools of that district barely offer core classes. There are few art classes, if any and music is a luxury.

The public schools in East Ramapo, once the best in the State, lack the resources necessary to provide an education consistent with New York State mandates. Funding is grossly inadequate and the Board of Education, comprised in disproportionate part of ultra-Orthodox men blames the State.

There is no acknowledgement on the part of the Trustees of the East Ramapo Board of Education and their spokespeople that money has been siphoned off for years for the ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox religious education. The premise has been that there are more private school, Yeshiva educated children and more resources should be provided for their edcuation. Separation of Church and State be damned.

In contrast the private Yeshivas, funded with public taxpayer money, have the resources but the children are deprived an education by an establishment which actively chains them to functional illiteracy, mathematical ignorance and a non-science based religious education… in Yiddish. Separation of Church and State, an unknown concept.

 

Presently there is a public meeting at Rockland Community College, located in East Ramapo intended to explain how $3M in New York State aid will be allocated. Perhaps Church and State can walk on separate sides of the road….

Lohud reported on September 27, 2016

Full-day kindergarten and other programs will start Oct. 6

The state education commissioner has approved the East Ramapo school district’s plan for using $3 million in state aid to create universal full-day kindergarten and restore arts programs in grades K-6, among other initiatives.

Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Monday that she had given her blessing to the plan, and also said she would join state-appointed monitors Charles Szuberla and John Sipple at a public meeting to discuss the initiatives at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Rockland Community College’s Cultural Arts Center, 145 College Road, Ramapo.

Full-day kindergarten and other programs will start Oct. 6, according to a district spokesperson.

The district conducted its own public hearing to receive community input on the expenditure plan on Sept. 7. The school board approved the plan on Sept. 13 and it was submitted to Elia on Sept. 20.

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“These plans represent the district’s path forward to ensure progress continues and to ensure the educational rights of every East Ramapo student are met,” Commissioner Elia said in a statement. “Chuck Szuberla, John Sipple and Superintendent Wortham have worked as quickly as possible to put a long-term strategic academic and fiscal improvement plan in place that is both thorough and thoughtful. It continues the work already done to repair the trust of the East Ramapo community, while recognizing there is still work to do.”

The $3 million in supplemental funding was approved under a state oversight law that required the development of the strategic academic plan, as well as a comprehensive expenditure plan, in consultation with Szuberla.

In 2012, East Ramapo went from full-day to half-day kindergarten amid $14 million worth of budget cuts. Last year, two sections were added. Four new full-day kindergarten classes were included in the district’s $224 million budget approved by voters in May.

Here’s what’s being proposed for the $3 million:

  • $1.2 million to hire six monolingual kindergarten teachers and four bilingual kindergarten teachers.
  • Up to 11 sections of full-day kindergarten would be created, depending upon the number of children who enroll.
  • The bulk of kindergarten funding, $670,000, would go towards salaries, while the remainder would cover classroom materials, instructional technology and building adjustments to accommodate new classes.
  • Restoring art, music, dance and theater classes for students in grades K-6 will cost around $1.7 million.
  • The district aims to hire 12 teachers for arts instruction, the majority of whom were previously laid off and are on the preferred eligibility list (PELL).

The strategic plans can be found on the East Ramapo Central School District website.

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